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Examination of the relevant area involves looking at how the region moves as a unit so say the whole thoracic spine, then as a segment, a few vertebrae, discs and their ribs and finally as a single joint.

How the muscles control the spine is also extremely important. Most people are aware of the core stability muscles. These occur throughout the body and are designed to maintain how we sit and stand. These muscles work slowly and are designed to work over a long period of time without tiring. This system needs to be functioning well so the spine can be held stable to provide the arms and legs with a fix point off which they can articulate accurately and with force.

The final part of the examination looks at how the nervous system move both through the spine and also down into the head arms and legs.

Got a question about Diagnosis ask Deb Wadham

Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapist

Deb completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons.)

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